Amazon Disables ISIS Propaganda Website

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has disabled a website that had reportedly been used since April by a wing of the Islamic State to promote propaganda, including praise of the deadly suicide attack Thursday at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Washington Post initially reported on the website used by Nida-e-Haqq, an Islamic State media group that promotes content in the Urdu language widely spoken in Pakistan, as well as parts of Afghanistan.

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An AWS spokesperson told The Hill that the propaganda group’s app was “not running on AWS,” but added that “following an investigation, we have disabled a website that was linked to this app as it was in violation of the AWS Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).”

Under the policy, domains under AWS may not use the platform to “threaten, incite, promote, or actively encourage violence, terrorism, or other serious harm,” or “for any illegal or fraudulent activity,” among other prohibited actions.

“When we receive reports of potential violations of our AUP, we act quickly to investigate and take action to disable prohibited content,” the spokesperson added.

Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, first discovered the website’s link to AWS, and told the Post that the app used words and images from the Islamic State propaganda arm.

While the website’s content was password protected, the Post noted that online domain records showed it had been hosted by AWS since April.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Celine Castronuovo

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